Music

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear hits like Lulee Fisher's "Honeysuckle Rose," The Modernaires' "I Had Too Much to Dream" and Tony Bennett's "Lullaby of Broadway."

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You can catch great live jazz music at the Lane Library in Hamilton on six Tuesdays at noon this summer. Brian O'Donnell has details on the performers and dates.

The Blues: 6.8.19

Jun 6, 2019

We've got a special edition of The Blues on Saturday, June 8th at 11pm.  The show begins with a set of songs by Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster, and Susan Tesdeshi.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their tour to the PNC Pavilion July 19th.  They're in Japan next week.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear Vic Damone's "They Call the Wind Maria," Mildred Bailey's "I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes" and Dee Dee Bridgewater's "On a Slow Boat to China."

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Popular local musicians Robin and Joani Lacy will celebrate 30 years of their band, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, with a concert benefitting Play It Forward on June 9 at Southgate House Revival. They are in the studio with Brian O'Donnell to talk about the history of the band and how they've kept it going all these years.

The Northern Kentucky Music Legends Hall of Fame has announced its next class of inductees and the June 6 ceremony and concert. Joining the Hall are: Woodwind Steel, Gary Strong, Steve Chuke, and Rick Kinman

New Music From Cincinnati's Own Freekbass

May 31, 2019
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He's still on the radio at Radio Artifact and has a new album out. The one and only Freekbass is in the studio with our Ron Esposito to talk about All the Way This. All the Way That. The release party is happening on June 6 at Top Cats in Corryville.

On Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m., local music legend Bootsy Collins will talk with Freekbass about the new album on Facebook Live.

Their conversation (split into 2 parts) include subjects like the “popping sound on the bass,” his bass-playing techniques, why he doesn’t have a guitarist in the band, photo shoots, endorsement of a new line of basses & a trip to New Zealand to record a video for it, why he plays a 4-string bass, and Questlove.

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Ani DiFranco is one of the most acclaimed, most celebrated singer/songwriters of a generation, and she has just released her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream. She's on the phone with WGUC host Elaine Diehl to talk about her life of music making, social activism and motherhood. 

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, June 1st at 11pm, the program begins with Irma Thomas and ends with Ken Nordine.  The first set also includes Charlie Musselwhite, BB King/Eric Clapton, and Tony Joe White.  Koko Taylor begins the second set followed by Lonnie Mack & Pismo, Gov't Mule, and Greg Schaber & High Street.  The show ends with a set featuring Wynton Marsalis and Ken Nordine.

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If you'd like to take your family out for an evening of music, you might want to pack up a picnic basket along with a blanket or folding chairs, and head to Arlington Memorial Gardens for their Second Sunday Summer Concert Series on June 9th (Forever Diamond), July 14th (2nd Wind), and August 11th (Blue Stone Ivory).  Concerts begin at 7pm.

Elaine Diehl spoke with Dan Applegate about the series in WVXU's studio on Tuesday, May 28th.  Their conversation included many of the details, like who'll be performing, parking, pet friendly, and a food truck will be there along plus many other topics.


This is Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra's 45th anniversary this year, and recently music director Eckart Preu spoke with Elaine Diehl about this summer's Summermusik Festival.  The festival runs from August 3rd - 24th at various locations around the city.  This series is sure to sell out, so if you're planning to attend any of the concerts, you might want to order your tickets soon.

This week on The Blues, Saturday, May 25th at 11pm, the show begins with the Claudettes, Zac Harmon, Shemekia Copeland, and the Sonny Moorman Group.  The Claudettes will be on stage at the Sorg Opera House on June 29th and at the Southgate House Revival June 19th.  Shemekia Copeland's appearing at Rose Music Center at the Heights on June 19th along with Robert Cray Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Marc Cohn.  

The second set of The Blues features music by Albert Cummings, Jimmy Burns, and Debbie Davies.  In the third set, you'll hear songs by John Lee Hooker/John Hammond, Eden Brent, and Leonard Cohen.  And the show ends with the Goshorn Brothers and Eric Clapton. 

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright we'll open with Billie Holiday's "Stormy Weather," close with Ralph Marterie's "Lullaby of Birdland" and in-between you'll hear great hits like Louis Armstrong's "I'll Never Be the Same."

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff will perform an intimate concert of old and new favorites on Thursday, May 30 at the 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. She's with our Elaine Diehl to talk about her career, the music business today, and what her fans can expect when they come to her show.

Comprador: Important

May 21, 2019

Comprador’s third album Important is a surreal adventure that balances original music with both subtle and overt musical homages. The subject matter of the album ranges from the apocalyptic to the irrational. It is simultaneously a strange amalgam of solo compositions by Charles D'Ardenne and beautifully-intertwined guest appearances.

All the while, Important is loosely based on the exploration into “the abject horror of internet dating in 2018.”

I sat down with Charles D'Ardenne in the studio to talk about Important, the challenges of performing Comprador’s music in a live setting and why this is probably the last Comprador album we’ll see in Cincinnati for a good, long time.

We're celebrating Spring this week on Swing with Bill Cartwright.

You'll hear George Shearing's "East of the Sun," Buddy Rich's "Robbin's Nest" and Johnny Mercer's "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

Jazz, Latin, Bluegrass…all those musical styles and more will be featured this summer at Covington's Behringer Crawford Museum's Music@BCM concert series. Organizer Mark Schlachter and Executive Director Laurie Risch are in the studio with Lee Hay to talk about the diversity of local music that will be heard on Thursday nights.


This week's blues show, Saturday, May 18th at 11pm, begins with vocalists - Al Jarreau, Ray Charles, Etta James, and the legendary Aretha Franklin.  The second set features Lurrie Bell on Delmark Records, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gov't Mule who'll be at PNC Pavilion June 21st, and k.d. lang who's touring in the UK in July. And this blues show ends with three more vocalists -  Abbey Lincoln, Larry Kinley, and Harry Connick, Jr.

In February 2017, award-winning composer, writer, vocalist and hip-hop performance artist, Napoleon Maddox (IsWhat?!), was commissioned by Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center to create a new work as part of their Black Box series.

This week on Swing with Bill Cartwright you'll hear classic hits like Dinah Washington's "All of Me," Diane Schuur's "Love For Sale" and Will Bradley's "Celery Stalks at Midnight."

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